Melbourne, Victoria - Australia
August 3 to 20, 2017
In the Spotlight today is the 66th Annual Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), one the most highly anticipated events on the circuit and the most significant film markets for Australia. For more than six decades MIFF has asserted itself as true indie advocate that draws cinema goers from all corners of the globe to experience extraordinary filmmaking, captivating panels, and stunning events. Exceptional filmmakers will have the opportunity to take home cash prizes ranging from $12,000 AUD to $7,500.
MIFF showcases the best in current cinema from around the world as well as retrospectives, tributes, and discussion programs. The festival also hosts many celebratory world premieres of Australian films. Guest filmmakers who are invited by MIFF may be offered complimentary accommodations, airport transfers, invitations to attend industry dinner events, festival tickets, and opportunities to meet with distributors. MJ McMahon, Producer The Man From Mo'Wax raves, "We just wanted to say thank you to each and every one of you [from MIFF] for your wonderful welcoming, technical support, dinners, drinks, events, films, enthusiasm, marketing assistance, travel help, the amazing accommodation, and most importantly the passion for our film and the care to screen it. We had an amazing time at your festival and are already counting the days until our next visit to Melbourne and working hard to make a film you'll think is good enough to select for a MIFF in the future."
MIFF has long been a place of discovery of talent and short films in competition at MIFF will vie for a slew of Academy-accredited awards. Adam Elliott's Harvie Krumpet had its Australian Premiere at MIFF 2003, then went on to win the Oscar in 2004; similarly, Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing screened at MIFF in 2010, winning MIFF's Best Short Film, then went to win the Oscar in 2011. Festival alumni participating in the director's talent lab, Accelerator, include Justin Kurzel (Snowtown), Adam Arkapaw (cinematographer True Detective), David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) and Taika Waititi (Boy ) and dozens more. The Festival is also BAFTA, AACTA and IF Awards accredited.
MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
To present a celebratory event with an outstanding screening program of the best of new international cinema along with special retrospectives and tributes. To challenge and reveal discoveries in cinematic language, and provoke discussion and debate through a range of contextualised activities, including public panels, guest Q&As and In Conversation events and an international short film competition.
MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Selected shorts directors also benefit from MIFF's renowned program, Accelerator. The program provides four days of workshops, screenings, seminars and networking events on the business and creative aspects of the film industry by leading local and international film practitioners for 15-20 short film directors seeking to make the transition to feature film making. Previous guest speakers have included directors Mike Mills (Beginners), Robert Connolly (Paper Planes), Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood), Joe Dante (Gremlins), Lee Hirsch (Bully) and Morgan Spurlock (Super-Size Me), as well as distributors Joel Pearlman (Roadshow ) and Paul Wiegard (Madman).
Features and shorts of all genres are welcome to submit - qualify your project today!